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Far Beyond - Songs Of Hope And Sorrow (2/10) - Germany - 2009

Genre: Gothic Metal / Dark Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 26:44
Band homepage: Far Beyond

Tracklist:

  1. My Way Of Endless Grief
  2. Awake
  3. Hope And Sorrow
  4. Tempus Fugit - Part I

If this is Black Metal, then the genre today is in a much worse state than I could have ever imagined.

Combine CRADLE OF FILTH, OPETH, and TRISTANIA and you will get Germany's FAR BEYOND. How could such a nation with great Black Metal bands such as MOONBLOOD, UNGOD, and ABSURD also birth such terrible tripe?

The music is unbelievably cheesy, with nary a Black Metal influence to be found. For sure, there are some parts that blast, but this is about as Black Metal as DIMMU BORGIR is today. There are too much of these damn whispery vocals that just make this even MORE Gothic-y. The longer songs don't develop, and the shorter songs are better just by virtue of them being shorter. I feel like I'm listening to a bad fantasy movie soundtrack.

This EP was likened to one long brown noise by a close friend, and I think it may have worked. Avoid, avoid, AVOID.

(Online March 30, 2010)

Christopher Karlas



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